A revival took place in 1949 in the village of Barvas on the largest island of the Outer Hebrides off the northwest coast of Scotland. Much has been written about the impact of pastor/evangelist Duncan Campbell and the meetings he led in that time. But little attention has been paid to the prayer warriors who paved the way before and during that mighty move of God’s presence.
Behind the scenes labored two elderly sisters: Peggy Smith, who was 84 years old and blind; and her sister, Christine Smith, 82 years old and almost doubled over with arthritis. They were unable to attend regular church services, but for months they prayed in their home for God to send revival to Barvas. These two relentless intercessors prayed by name for the people in each cottage along their village streets.
POINT TO PONDER: Think about it, what about breastplate prayer, praying for 12 unsaved individuals daily? Do you have 3 unsaved family members; 3 unsaved friends; 3 unsaved neighbors or co-workers; 3 unsaved people you would never meet such as a political figure or entertainer you would never meet? Why not pray for them daily?
They reminded God of his word in Isaiah 44:3: “I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground.” They cried this prophetic promise to the Lord day and night. Across the village, independent of the Smith sisters, seven young men met three nights a week in a barn to pray for revival. They made a covenant with God and one another, according to Isaiah 62:6-7, that they would give him no rest until he sent revival their way. Month after month they prevailed in prayer.
One night in particular they prayed with permanency Psalm 24:3-5: “Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who shall stand in his holy place? He that has clean hands, and a pure heart… He shall receive the blessing…from the God of his salvation”. Instantly, it seemed, the barn was filled with the glory of God and the young men praying from the Psalms fell prostrate on the floor. An awesome awareness of God overcame them and they were drenched with supernatural power they had never known before.
At that very time, the Lord gave one of the Smith sisters a vision, Peggy Smith saw the churches crowded with people, and hundreds being swept into the kingdom of God. They sent word to their pastor that they had “broken through” and that heaven was about to descend on earth. And so it did.
The whole region seems saturated with God. Wherever people were, in the workplace homes, or on the roads, they were overwhelmed by the presence of Almighty God. Water indeed soaked the dry ground as the Holy Spirit conviction was poured out in those days. A stream of blessing flow that brought hundreds to salvation during the days of that historic visitation.
Can this happen in Michigan as well as our nation today? Would you believe with me that God is raising up and stirring a hidden praying remnant at this very moment?
POINT TO PONDER: What is the common denominator in this account? It is passionate, persistent prayer and declaration of God’s Word brought forth by a “hidden remnant” that God has chosen to birth a visitation.